nurse-grace-tew-and-residentResponding to reports in the media that the government intends to allow local councils to raise council tax by 6% over two years, Leonard Cheshire Disability CEO Neil Heslop, said:

“We are pleased that the government has acknowledged the severe strain that social care is under. Giving local councils more flexibility to raise revenue locally is a step in the right direction.

“However it is not an answer on its own and risks creating a postcode lottery. While extra money is always welcome, this will do little to plug the £2.6 billion social care funding gap by 2020, particularly as the areas with the greatest need for extra funding will raise the least through the precept.

“To avoid a further crisis the government needs to move beyond short term interventions. With more disabled and older people than ever before in need of care and support, we now need a national conversation led by government, and backed by all the parties, to agree how we will fund and deliver health and social care in the future.”